The Shape of Things to Come Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at TMA
Tyler Museum of Art: Tobolowsky
Tyler Museum of Art
Texas Artist George Tobolowsky at TMA
Texas sculptor George Tobolowsky is known for his dynamic repurposing of discarded metal pieces into energetic and compelling large-scale sculpture.
Works weighing up to 3,000 pounds will be placed in and around the TMA
, both inside the gallery and outside on the grounds.
This exhibition was organized by Grace Museum
A Dallas native, George Tobolowsky
earned business and law degrees from Southern Methodist University
in the early 1970s.
While there, he
minored in sculpture and became life-long friends with his
mentor, the renowned sculptor, James Surls.
In the years following, Tobolowsky
remained involved in the arts through personal collection and voluntary service to arts institutions, although his
primary focus was on his
It wasn't until 2006 that the distinguished businessman and attorney had his first solo exhibition at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Dallas.
His work immediately captured the interest of the art world, and in the months following the exhibition, Tobolowsky began shifting his focus to life as an artist, exhibiting his unique works and creating new sculpture from his Mountain Springs, Texas studio, which is situated on his ranch.
"Tobolowsky has earned recognition in the world of contemporary art because his works recall a long legacy of steel sculpture while maintaining a uniquely new quality," says Kimberley Tomio, TMA Director.
works recall the legacy of past artists, Tobolowsky
own way, composing pieces that connect with a 21st century viewer.
The artist's corporate background certainly colors his
work, with titles like The Auditors and The 600 lbs Deal Breaker suggesting a humorous context to each piece.
In order to find materials, Tobolowsky
visits metal scrap yards where he
routinely picks up 1,000 to 2,000 pounds worth of raw material from vast heaps of discarded steel.
The materials come from a variety of sources including machine and heavy-duty fabrication shops.
These industrial castoffs are to some degree familiar to anyone who has observed a working engine or a large machine of some kind.
Fan blades, gears, and coiling metal strips are transformed by Tobolowsky
, who uses the materials to create works that are both familiar and foreign.
The public is invited to meet artist George Tobolowsky and listen as he discusses his works shown in the exhibition Form & Substance: The Art of George Tobolowsky.